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CERN scientists eye parallel universe breakthrough

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 23:23 by Paul Jay in category: News


GENEVA (Reuters) – Physicists probing the origins of the cosmos hope that next year they will turn up the first proofs of the existence of concepts long dear to science-fiction writers such as hidden worlds and extra dimensions.

And as their Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva moves into high gear, they are talking increasingly of the “NewPhysics” on the horizon that could totally change current views of the universe and how it works.

“Parallel universes, unknown forms of matter, extra dimensions… These are not the stuff of cheap science fiction but very concrete physics theories that scientists are trying to confirm with the LHC and other experiments.”

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Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 18:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


Here are eight of the biggest myths that are out there:

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the “stimulus” was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

3) President Obama bailed out the banks.
Reality: While many people conflate the “stimulus” with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be “non-reviewable by any court or any agency.”) The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.

4) The stimulus didn’t work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.
Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.

6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.

7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is “going broke,” people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

8 ) Government spending takes money out of the economy.
Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on “welfare” and “foreign aid” when that is only a small part of the government’s budget.

This stuff really matters.

If the public votes in a new Congress because a majority of voters think this one tripled the deficit, and as a result the new people follow the policies that actually tripled the deficit, the country could go broke.

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  1. There are obvious inaccuracies in some of these statements. Rather than the category of news, it should probably be in the category of opinion.

  2. Just which items are inaccurate? Really, I’m curious. I know for a fact that Republicans produced most of the deficit.

  3. Inaccuracies??????????????

  4. The biggest inaccuraciy is the gross conceptual error that goes with assigning the deficit to the administration instead of blaming Congress. Oh yeah, Congress is the one that authorizes ALL expenditures. If we (the country) are spending more than we are making it is Congress’ fault, not the administration’s. Now if you want an interesting perspective, look at which party contolled Congress during which periods of deficit growth and reduction.

    The second, and the one that is least understood, is the military budget. The military has been trying to shut down more bases and stop dozens of programs that waste money but isn’t allowed. Why not you ask, because the cogressional delegations from the affected districts prevent the cuts and continue to waste billions of dollars on stuff the military doesn’t want.

  5. That was one that stood out to me. It was Congress, both Democrats and Republicans who voted to spend money the country did not have. If the standing President at any time is directly responsible for all gross overspending, then that’s called a dictatorship! But he doesn’t have that kind of power. The collective vote of Congress does.

The GOP is Living on a Prayer

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 17:51 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


It’s hard to find a Tea Party candidate who doesn’t say God chose them to run. It’s enough to make you wonder what God has against this country.

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Explicit sex books ‘help drop in Uganda’s HIV rate’

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 17:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


The book How Kwezi Got Into Trouble has a picture on the cover of a girl sobbing into a tissue at a school desk.

So when I saw it, I thought Kwezi might have got into trouble for handing her homework in late, or perhaps she had been copying somebody else’s exam paper.

Then I looked at the text on the back cover and got quite a shock. It read: "At her mother’s funeral, Kwezi is raped by her late father’s best friend.

"Kwezi has no-one to tell but her mother lying in the grave. Though she gets Aids, Kwezi is determined to let other pupils know how dangerous Aids is."

It is a surprising storyline for a book aimed at eight-to-10-year-olds.

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(Un)intended Consequences

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 17:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


Those are the unintended consequences of the TDRs. Or, I wonder, did the DOE know exactly what would happen? Could it be that they want teachers to leave and to feel under the gun at all times? Could it be that they want no one around long enough to collect those pesky pensions?

Perhaps these consequences aren’t so unintended after all.

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Google TV Root: First Signs & Possibilities

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 16:25 by John Sinteur in category: Google


Android Market is expected on Google TVs like the Sony Internet TV in the first part of 2011 which should take the capability of your television to new levels with access to thousands of apps and games. But since Google TV is android-based, one would think that what you can do with your phone you should (at least eventually) be able to do with your TV. And by rooting your phone, you can gain access to a new level of customization not offered in default handset builds. So what if you could root your Google TV?

Eh, what? Rooting your phone? If it’s Android based?

What happened to “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make“?

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S, M, L, XL

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 15:16 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Climate change: How do we know?

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 15:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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What did Ireland get wrong, Rupert?

Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 8:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


Rupert Murdoch puts his finger on something in his Inaugural Margaret Thatcher Lecture for the Centre for Policy Studies. Although not in the way he imagines.

“The good news is that Britain is not in quite the straits that it was in 1979. The bad news is that the cost of getting it wrong has risen exponentially. Ask the people of Greece and Ireland.”

Never mind Greece for a moment, what did Ireland get wrong? For the past decade Dublin has followed all the advice proffered by neoliberal economists and wealthy businessmen like Murdoch. It slashed corporation tax rates. It held down public spending, running fiscal surpluses. It kept the stock of public debt low. It won plaudits from neoliberals everywhere for its wide open economy and its “business-friendly” environment.

Except its economic success turned out to be built on the flimsy foundations of a property bubble. Irish banks were out of control. And the public finances were only healthy thanks to the tax revenues of an unsustainable credit boom. When the party stopped, the banks turned out to be bust and the deficit ballooned.

But Ireland continued to take the advice of the neoliberal economists. Dublin slashed public spending hard and early. They were told that they would be rewarded by the financial markets for taking their medicine in this way. They were told that private sector confidence would come flooding back as people saw that the government would do what was necessary to bring down the deficit. Growth, they were told, would return surprisingly quickly.

Well, the Irish people are still waiting. The bond markets have punished Ireland with high interest rates, not rewarded it by driving down its bond yields. And growth in the second quarter turned negative.

Ireland has done everything that the economic philosophy of Murdoch has dictated. Perhaps following that philosophy was what Dublin got wrong.

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  1. Most economists, today, are lying SOB’s just looking for someone stupid enough to listen to them.